Yale Himalaya Initiative

environment | livelihood | culture

Building Public Health Research Capacity in Bhutan: Early Experiences and Prospects for Future

Event time: 
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 5:30pm
Location: 
202 Luce Hall See map
34 Hillhouse Ave
New Haven, CT 06511
Event description: 

In this presentation, we will first describe the history of the 5-year partnership between the Yale School of Public Health and the Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan (KGUMSB).  KGUMSB was established in 2015 to develop human resources for health care delivery and research in Bhutan.  The overall goal of this partnership is to strengthen the public health teaching and research capacity in Bhutan and to promote collaborative public health research projects. We will describe the traineeships for KBUMSB faculty, support for the launch of the Bhutan Health Journal in 2015, and a recent course in health research methods and proposal development for KGUMSB faculty.  We will then present the preliminary results of a study entitled “Adapting and Validating the Community Research Assessment Tool – International (CREAT-I): A Bhutan Case Study.”  CREAT-I is a tool designed to support organizational research capacity-building efforts in resource-limited settings under a more inclusive paradigm.  We will then describe plans for a new study entitled “Oral Health Survey in Pregnant Women Attending Antenatal Care in the Three Referral Hospitals in Bhutan.”  The purpose of this study is to determine the prevalence of oral disease and the prevalence of modifiable risk factors for oral disease among pregnant women in Bhutan. We will conclude with a brief overview of lessons learned from this 5-year partnership and prospects for its future.

Kaveh Khoshnood, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies at the Yale School of Public Health (YSPH) and core faculty member of the Yale Council on Middle East Studies. He is co-founder of Yale Violence and Health Study Group and a Steering Committee member of the Program on Conflict, Resiliency and Health at the Yale McMillan Center.  Dr. Khoshnood is trained as an infectious disease epidemiologist and has more than two decades of domestic and international experience in HIV prevention research among drug users and other at risk populations, including its ethical aspects. Dr. Khoshnood has been involved in research training and capacity building projects in low and middle-income countries for over 15 years and is the director of the YSPH-KGUMSB partnership.

Debbie Humphries, PhD. is a faculty member at Yale School of Public Health with a broad background in public health research and practice. She has been a consultant in the areas of diet and physical activity behavior change, sustainability of community health programs, program monitoring and evaluation, and training in participatory monitoring and evaluation for organizations in Vietnam, Africa and in the United States. Over the last year Dr. Humphries has collaborated with colleagues at the Bhutan Cancer Society and KGUMS to conduct a landscape assessment of community health research capacity in Bhutan.  She reported on the results in Bhutan in December, and will share some of the team’s findings.

MaryAlice Lee, Ph.D. is a Lecturer at the Yale University School of Public Health.  In that capacity, Dr. Lee teaches a course in women and children’s health and health policy.  She also holds a courtesy faculty appointment at the Yale School of Nursing.  Prior to 2017, Dr. Lee was a Senior Policy Fellow with Connecticut Voices for Children, a non-profit organization that conducts research and public policy analysis to promote the well-being of Connecticut’s children, youth, and families.  In that capacity, she directed a state-funded independent performance monitoring project in Connecticut ‘s HUSKY Program (Medicaid and CHIP for children and families), with responsibility for designing and conducting original research and reporting to policy makers on enrollment trends, children’s health services and maternal health and birth outcomes.   Dr. Lee was a nurse-midwife and nurse-midwifery educator before completing a doctoral degree in epidemiology from Yale University.